Education & Outreach

SEARCH focuses on the operational realities of justice information sharing and understands the impact of policy changes to national and local operations.

SEARCH collaborates with Congress and Federal agency and regulatory bodies to:

  • Share expertise with legislators and executive policy makers
  • Anticipate and identify the impact proposed Federal and legislative policies may have on state programs and their management
  • Educate decision-makers about the impact of the policies they develop

Our relationships with academics, decision-makers and experts from public and private agencies allows us to:

  • Learn of new opportunities
  • Understand the impact of policy changes to national and local operations
  • Access external partners and expertise

Our participation on national forums, advisory bodies and committees facilitates two-way communication among those important nationwide efforts. These include:

  • Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative and its associated working groups, task teams and committees
  • NIEM Technical Architecture Committee
  • FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council

Our education and outreach activities are carried out via our Membership resolutions and efforts, our leadership activity, national publications, and the news and viewpoints we share via our blogs.

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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